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  • Vinyl (20 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,084,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walk On Boy
2. Blue Railroad Train
3. Sweet Georgia Brown
4. Alberta
5. Southbound
6. Windy and Warm
7. Call of the Road
8. Tennessee Stud
9. That Was The Last Thing On My Mind
10. Little Darling Pal of Mine
11. Nothing To It
12. Riddle Song
13. Never No More Blues
14. Nashville Picking

Product Description

Fans at and voted for this re-issue of Doc's classic 1966 album, remastered from the original tapes by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering. Presented in 'exact replica' package.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This record features a slight departure of style for Doc and son Merle Watson. It is a collection of earthy folk tunes and high-strung instrumentals in less of a bluegrass style than many of his other recordings. Tracks like "Walk on Boy" and "Riddle Song" express some of the most basic ideas of country life - hardship, love and longing. Throughout, the golden tone of Doc's voice and the articulate picking enhance the story-telling aspect of the songs and work with such precision and warmth that they elevate this recording to a piece of art. Few, apart from Johnny Cash, have captured such a "from the land" sound especially as late as the 1960s when much of southern country lifestyle had been displaced by technology and the migration to cities. This album is thus historically important as it influenced much of the 60s folk revival.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By TUCO H. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Man! Is this the greatest record or what!? I've never heard singing (and sometimes yodeling) that's so authentic and deeply felt. I've never heard acoustic country guitar playing that sounds so pure despite the very formidable technique used. Doc is very much a 'progressive' musician, strongly influenced by blues and jazz players; yet he never strays too far from the DEEP ROOTS which are his foundation. These roots are 'backwoods' country, but as unmistakably American as Mark Twain, John Wayne, Apple Pie and Norman Rockwell combined. The songs here run the gamut from the most beautifully and heatbreakingly sad possible ("Alberta"), to the most peaceful and mellow imaginable ("Southbound"),' to joyful instrumental odes ("Nashville Pickin',""Sweet Georgia Brown,"), and a stoically triumphant and hilarious yodeling classic ("Never No More Blues.") All in all, one of the best records in my collection and the ABSOLUTE ANTITHESIS of all the garbage peddled by the millions in country music today.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A lengendary album 2 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For anyone who doesn't know Doc Watson, pay attention: here is possibly the greatest flat picker who ever lived. My father has had this album for over 30 years, and he knows every single note to it. I've been listening to it for about two years and I know most of them too. This is pure American music at its heart, expressed by a man with a great appreciation for the soul and emotion behind the music. Doc Watson is technically and innovatively brilliant. The songs aren't only folk, but everything else. 'The Call of the Road' and 'Windy and Warm' sound almost like flamenco. 'The Riddle Song' is a sweet love ballad. And there are no words to describe the guitars of Doc, his son Merle, and John Pilla. I saw him in concert a few weeks ago, and he is as fast and rich as he was on this record, almost 35 years ago.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Just Listen 11 Mar. 1999
By Gordon Buffington ( - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have had this album for more than 20 years. It is a classic of American music. I can listen to Tennessee Stud over and over again. If anyone is not familiar with this music, please try it. You won't regret it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Six Star, an historic and controversial album you need it 20 April 2004
By Tony Thomas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can remember the controversy this album caused when I bought it in the summer of 1967 was it? I remember taking up to play it at the home of a great fiddler with the banjo player in our band (I was what passed for a guitarist then). I remember the shock it engendered as well as the smiles. Then I remember 15 minutes ago, still disputing its importance and reference to the history of folk music collection and production on an e-mail list composed of world-class scholars and pickers of this kind of music. If you don't have it, buy it.

This is Doc Watson unleashed. He is no longer just providing traditional folk music renditions for the true folklore crowd. He and his now late son Merle are there to present the kind of music of broad mixtures that they wanted to play and share.
We have everything from real blues and banjo music, to a hot swing jazz rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown, and soft pop jazzy Chet Atkins stuff. We have singer song writer music like Last Thing on Your mind, and ersatz folk music arranged to sound like pop folk in Alberta. We have new songs written by Doc and Merle like Southbound.
We have an explosion of talent, creativity, a new direction in music that foretells the great acoustic mixture of country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, and swing played at virtuosi a level that was to become a great blend of music not only for the Doctor, but for thousands of musicians and millions of listeners in the 35 years since.
Most of all this is a warm sweet fun album. It is an album that takes the weariness off your back, puts a smile back on your face, and may make it easier for you to get warm and friendly with someone you love! For the musician Doc and Merle goes beyond what we had thought was mind blowing abilities in "The Song of the Road" where Doc flat picks flamingo and in "Sweet Georgia Brown" where Doc takes on an all time show off take off tune and demolishes all previous pretenders to the guitar except maybe Django Rheinhart's version which may only be equaled here, and in "Nashville Pickin'" where tells the old boys on Music Row that the Doc is a comin'.
All this makes me think of is really great single malt whiskey, fine food, served out on a beautiful balcony with a good friend. Get this if you don't have it. If you have it, you might not be secure with just one copy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bluegrass Essential 6 Feb. 2006
By cvairag - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While we are in the midst of a belated folk revival, a number of compilations of this bluegrass master's work have been produced. In many senses, these are great. But if your funds are limited and you want the best Doc Watson studio session, or one representative CD - you've found it.

Made by Vanguard, back in the days when the coherence of moods on a record had something to do with its acceptance, Southbound is not only a dazzling glissade of pickin' (esp. the title cut) - but is a recording with atmosphere, and well, wisdom.

Most everyone loves the oft covered "Tennessee Stud" - most haunting, however, is "Call of the Road" which, like Dylan's "Lonesome Hobo", cuts to the core. My only critique here is that Watson is almost too polished a musician too ever convey the raw side of emotion (although he can evoke the depths) - the rawness which everyone of those classic delta blues people effortlessly project. Yet, in its own right, Southbound endures as one of the true monuments of folk. Profound, moving, plain song, in the best sense of the word, with as many shifts in mood and feeling as there are in the day.
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